Matea Kosar helps mothers to improve their mental health and well-being. She is dedicated to mom’s and baby’s having a strong bond. Matea is Master’s trained Registered Social Worker in Ontario and member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers. Specialised in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON and is educated in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills by Marsha Linehan. She gained an education in treating Perinatal Loss and Perinatal Mental Health at the Centre of Perinatal Excellence, Australia. Matea uses caring and client-centred approach.
Becoming a mother brings many emotional challenges. Being a mom herself, Matea understands struggles many mothers go through. Depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy affects up to 1 in 7 women. Many mothers miss the early signs of depression because they think those are signs of pregnancy-related to hormonal changes. These symptoms may be more than depression and sadness and have a negative impact on mom’s everyday functioning. Matea offers a safe and non-judgmental space to provide mothers with the support and tools necessary to work through any issues that are a barrier to their happiness.
The loss of a baby is a devastating experience. Attachment to a baby can begin as early as the planning to full pregnancy. By themselves, pregnancy and postpartum are vulnerable periods. There are no public rituals for miscarriage and not rarely, this grief is not publicly recognized. There is a great stigma about abortion in society and although electing to terminate, a mother can experience shame, guilt, despair, sadness, anger and depression. No matter whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or later death, a baby loss is perceived as a traumatic event. Besides profound grief and bereavement, loss of a baby can trigger complicated grief, depression, anxiety, acute stress disorder and PTSD. It leaves a mother with anxiety about future pregnancy and fertility.
Matea takes a holistic approach to grief. She works together with mothers to bring calmness and understanding toward events that happened and helps moving toward a healing process and a better quality of life.
Please note that therapy services provided by a therapist holding a professional designation, Registered Social Worker - MSW RSW, may be covered in full or in part by your extended health benefits plan. Please read here What to ask the insurance provider?
Initial 20 minutes consultation can be done by phone or video. There is no commitment to proceed with future sessions.
After the therapist and you agree on further work, you can set up the first session.
The first assessment session lasts 70 minutes. All follow up sessions are 50 minutes. If there is a need for e.g. exposure, you and your therapist would schedule sessions that are longer, which last 90 minutes.
Being a single mother is extremely hard. It is stressful and can easily lead to burnout. If you are a single mother who is trying to find moments for self-care through therapy or you need help with your emotional battles, reach out.